Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Birmingham School Cuts School Hours Over Funding Pressures
A school in Birmingham is thought to be the first in the UK to make lessons shorter because of funding cuts.
Selly Oak Trust which is a special needs school has written to parents to tell them from September the school day will be 30 minutes shorter.
Costs there have risen because of increases in pension contributions, staff pay and the apprenticeship levy.
Headteacher Chris Field says if he doesn't take action now, it will be £450,000 in deficit by 2020.
In the letter he wrote: "The school leadership team and governors have not taken this decision lightly. We also understand that this will have an impact on families.
"However, we believe that this change will ensure that we meet the savings demanded of us, without affecting the quality of our students' education in a safe environment."
Outside the school gates parents told Heart they are worried it'll have an impact on learning:
A Black Country man's been jailed for life for stabbing his partner. Ronald Cooke attacked Tina Billingham at their home.
The family of 20 year-old Callum Lees, who was stabbed to death at a house party in Solihull, have paid tribute as they appeal for his killer to come forward.
The binmen strike in Birmingham by members of Unite the union has been suspended.
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